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New Kona Brewery Ready For Tours

March 28, 2022, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated March 28, 10:44 AM
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Brewmaster and director of Brewery Operations Ryan McVeigh poses in the new Kona brewery. PC: Kona Brewing Hawaii

Kona Brewing Hawaii’s new 30,000-square-foot brewery in Kailua-Kona is now fully operational and ready for tours.

Down the road from its pub and original brewery built 28 years ago, the six-year-long project is one of the most anticipated breweries in the islands. It was engineered with environmentally friendly standards in mind, the company announced in a press release on Monday, March 28.

Now, after months of quality control testing and mastering the facility’s new equipment, the brewery is producing the brand’s Big Wave Golden Ale and Longboard Island Lager and other favorites. With its new capacity, all beer brewed in Hawai‘i will remain exclusively within the islands.

“The construction of our new brewery symbolizes the growth of the Kona Brewing brand in Hawai‘i over the last 28 years,” said Billy Smith, president of Kona Brewing Hawaii. “We went from a modest, 14,000-barrel brewery to now having a facility that is better suited for the demand that we have here in the islands, and can scale with us well into the future. We’ve proudly surpassed quite a number of key construction and brewing milestones to get here.”

Kona Brewing Hawaii has partnered with Ball Corporation Hawaii to source all of its aluminum cans.

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“Ball is a wonderful partner whose local plant is located on O‘ahu,” said Smith. “We are excited to team up with a company that shares our passion for sustainability, community, and quality.”

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Public tours of the new facility are also now available. Reservations are required and can be made at www.KonaBrewingHawaii.com.

Each tour consists of a group of 12 people and is for those ages 15 and over. It includes four, 4oz beer samples for those 21 and over. Tour parking is at the original Kona Brewery and Pub located at the Growler Shack at 74-5612 Pawai Pl. Kailua-Kona, 96740, at the very end of the Pawai Place cul-de-sac. Cost is $20.

Private Events are also available. Call 808-334-2739 to learn more.

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